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Fairfax: Barlow Seeks Stanley’s Removal

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Ignorant in the Classic Sense The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) and its union, IAFF Local 2068, continue to be roiled by controversy, most recently from the twin shocks of the resignation of Battalion Chief Kathleen Stanley from her role as a Women’s Program Officer and from notice of the retirement of fire […]

Fairfax: Barlow Says Block the Blog

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“Non-Productive Garbage” So says Dave Barlow about Turnout;  he is a board member of International Association of Firefighters Local 2068, the Fairfax County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics. I should say here that I am also a member of 42 years and a former president of the local, as well. Dave’s feelings are “personal”, he even says […]

Fairfax: Bowers Set to Leave

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A Tearful Goodbye An emotional Richard Bowers announced via telephone conference yesterday that he would be leaving the department in the near future. WTOP reports that, “On Feb. 1, Bowers said he had no plans to resign.” He chose the teleconference, though he was speaking to no more than 1/3 of the members, because he “wanted […]

IAFF @ 100: Harold’s Steak-a-thon – $158,184

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All About Town, 2015-2017 Harold Schaitberger, the nearly 20-year president of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), may have precious little of substance to show for his tenure, but one thing is for sure, he knows his way around a steakhouse, or rather, houses. He leaves his office around 5:30, arrives at the restaurant near […]

Fairfax: Cyber-bullying 2.0

It’s Steve’s Turn Now Earlier this week I wrote about recent developments in the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department related to the treatment of women there. In recent days the women’s program officer tendered her resignation and Steve Mittendorff, whose wife was a department member when she committed suicide in 2016, urged Richard Bowers, […]

Fairfax: When The Lawyers Lead

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Timing is Everything In an act of exquisite timing last week, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Battalion Chief Kathleen Stanley, the Women’s Program Officer there, tendered her resignation, replete with a scathing letter sent to Fire Chief Richard Bowers. By Friday afternoon Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors, and […]

Things in Common

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Valor, Patriotism, Honor “The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests—no party’s, no President’s, only Putin’s” Sen. John McCain John McCain served his country including 5 years in a horrifying POW camp where he was repeatedly tortured. Robert Mueller served his country under fire as a combat Infantry Officer […]

Kabul, Sajmir and the FBI

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A few days ago in Kabul, Afghanistan, an ambulance made its way through two checkpoints and when stopped at a third, a massive bomb in the back was detonated by the driver, killing 103 and injuring 235. The Taliban, a religious extremist group, claimed responsibility as they have for other recent and horrific attacks. Afghan […]

Leadership: Friendly Fire

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White House Skewers Republican Graham   There is a lot not to like about Republican senator Lindsay Graham but he has sometimes emerged as a voice of reason and this is one of those times.   Yesterday Graham described the current shutdown as complicated by the White House staff having an agenda different from the […]

IAFF @ 100: How Schaitberger Sold Us Out

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Death of a Union The chief and crucial reason for labor unions is to fight or advocate on behalf of their members. It’s very simple, really. To employ collective strength to ensure that we have acceptable wages, benefits, hours and safe working conditions. Real unions remain vigilant, focused, unconflicted and unrelenting in that mission. The […]

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